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Caught Up in the Clash of Civilizations,

Jewish Culture between East and West


Four evenings in De Balie

16 February 2010

De Joodse Flirt van Geert Wilders, discussieavond met o.a. Harm Ede Botje (redacteur Vrij Nederland) en Prof. Frank van Vree (Universiteit van Amsterdam) in Dutch


14 March 2010

Mark Cohen (Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East, Princeton): Modern Myths of Muslim Anti-Semitism


12 April 2010

Steven Aschheim (Professor of Cultural and Intellectual History at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem): “Eastern" Jews, "Western" Jews and the Unbearable Ironies of Orientalism


12 May 2010


Yirmiyahu Yovel (Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research and chairman of the Jerusalem Spinoza Institute): Mystics and Wanderers: the Marranos' Impact on Spanish Culture in the Golden Age

Whereas Jews were classically perceived as epitomizing the Orient (as Semites), in recent years they are being associated more and more with the West (as integral part of a Judeo-Christian culture of the West). Therefore Jewish History offers an interesting perspective on the debate surrounding what has been called ‘The Clash Of Civilizations’: the question of how civilizations, in particular East and West meet, the dangers that are involved and the opportunities it offers.

In this lecture series distinguished international scholars contributed to the debate on these issues, discussing the interplay of East and West in Jewish History.


Venue: De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam (near thej Leidseplein), start: 8:00 PM.

Four evenings: €40 (Friends €30)
Price per evening: €12,50 (Friends €10)
Students: €5 per evening

(€2,50 additional fee for paying at the door)